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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1


Editor-in-Chief, Ex-President, Foundation of Head and Neck Oncology India, Department of ENT and Head - Neck Surgery, Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication23-May-2016

Correspondence Address:
Jyoti Dabholkar
Department of ENT and Head . Neck Surgery, Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-8128.182848

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Dabholkar J. Editorial. J Head Neck Physicians Surg 2016;4:1

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Dabholkar J. Editorial. J Head Neck Physicians Surg [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Sep 23];4:1. Available from: http://www.jhnps.org/text.asp?2016/4/1/1/182848

An official journal of the Foundation for Head and Neck Oncology (FHNO) was a long pending dream. Head-Neck Cancers as a group are the most prevalent cancers in India, and the subcontinent and FHNO have been established as the Multidisciplinary National Society of Head and Neck Oncology in India. It gives me immense pleasure to introduce the maiden issue of the Journal of Head and Neck Physicians and Surgeons as the official peer-reviewed open-access publication of FHNO.

Oral cancer is the tenth most common cancer in the world with around 300,000 cases being diagnosed every year. At least, two-thirds of these cases are picked up in developing nations. Owing to widespread tobacco chewing habits, India houses the largest burden of oral cancer in the world. Unfortunately, around 70% of these patients present at an advanced stage and succumb to the disease within a year of their diagnosis. Despite many recent advances in medical and surgical oncology, there has been little evidence of an improvement in long-term survival. This makes screening and prevention, the cornerstone in reducing the morbidity and mortality of oral cancer. Moreover, there is a recent and disturbing change in the population distribution of oral cancers with a higher predilection for younger age group due to a decrease in the age of patients indulging in substance abuse. I believe that lifestyle modification, improvement in dietary habits, and incorporation of yoga, pranayam, and meditation to reduce stress can go a long way in reducing the burden of oral cancer. Enormous efforts are being put into the fight against sale of carcinogenic products such as paan, supari, mishri, gutkha, betel nut, cigarettes, and alcohol. The ban has been implemented in several states in India due to unrelenting efforts of the members of our society.

In the recent years, there has been an explosion of information and technology in the field of head and neck oncology. Selective neck dissections even for node-negative early malignancies, biologically targeted drugs, advances in imaging and radiotherapy, the principle of functional organ preservation, and stress on superior quality of life have dramatically changed the management protocols of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. The use of lasers in early laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers has shown distinct advantages over treatment with either radiotherapy or open partial laryngectomy. Transoral robotic surgery is an emerging modality, especially for oropharyngeal cancers and is bound to change the way these cancers are treated. Human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers, which in today's literature appear to be a problem of the western world, need to be investigated in our country as well. Once we start suspecting and investigating for HPV in head and neck cancers, it could well be present in our country too. Research is already underway at many centers; this is a good example of a clinical research model. There is an urgent need to create a platform to present these pioneering works of our research community in an organized manner.

This journal aims to publish the most up-to-date, ethically and clinically relevant information in an open-access manner on all subjects related to head and neck disorders, thus making this journal truly multidisciplinary. This will enable the readers to further their knowledge on the subject and, thus, lead to an improvement in patient care and public health.

The birth of this journal was not an easy task but with his blessings and selfless support of my colleagues, things did fall into place. We managed to collaborate with Medknow (a part of Wolters Kluwer), one of the largest and well-respected open access publishers. I realize that as the first Editor-in-Chief of this journal, I bear huge responsibility to ensure its smooth initiation. We eagerly look forward to your valuable contributions in the form of quality articles.

I conclude with this simple yet powerful statement, “Motivation gets you started, habit keeps you running but attitude decides your pace and values decide your destination.


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